Rotary Club of Dripping Springs

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Dripping Springs

Service Above Self

Mondays at 11:45 AM
Flores Mexican Restaurant
2440 Hwy 290 E
Phone 512-858-2221
Dripping Springs, TX  78620
United States
District Site
Venue Map
October 2017
Website Sponsors
Club Officers
Vice President
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Club Administration
Sargent of Arms
Sargent of Arms
Immediate Past President
Foundation Chair
Interact Officers
Dripping Springs High School Rotary Interact Club
Josh King, President
Qasim Aziz, Vice President
Varun Verma, Treasurer
Sam White, Secretary
Catherine Manning, Historian
Nikhil Clayton, Community Outreach

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Dripping Springs web site.  We invite you to take a look around our site and to find out more about our club and about Rotary International.  If, after considering what we offer you and the community, you would like to look into membership, suggest a project or are interested in speaking for the club, please contact us here.

The Rotary Club is a service organization focusing on local and international needs.  Locally, we have sponsored projects such as:

 * Hosted the first Dripping Springs Home and Garden Show

 * Supports DS High School Interact Club

 * Awards scholarships to DS High School students

 * Supporting the local food bank

 * Helping a local center for disadvantaged youths with repairs and improvements

 * Annual tribute to veterans on Veteran's Day. 

 * Support Polio Plus

To pay for all of this we raise funds through dues, and various fund raisers. All of our activities are open; we have no secrets and we are proud of who we are.  We enjoy our Rotary membership and seek to support our community and the greater good through service.  After all, the motto of Rotary is "service above self," and we seek to embody that.

We meet Monday at noon at Flores Mexican Restaurant, two miles or so east of Dripping Springs on Highway 290.  We conduct club business, have social time for the members and have a wide variety of speakers discussing issues that impact our community, our country, or internationally.

Stop by, you don't need a reservation, or drop us a note and we will answer any questions about our club.

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The 100 Club of Central Texas

It is a non-profit dedicated to serving the families of first responders (including game wardens) of Central Texas who have been killed or critically injured in the line of duty.  The organization was formed when William Packard asked 100 friends to contribute and got 100% participation. All 100 Clubs are autonomous. The Central Texas Club formed in Austin in 1983 and later expanded to include 6 counties: Bastrop, Bell, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson.
Etta Moore, executive director, shared the following information with the club.
* The support for the families of fallen first responders includes both financial and emotional support through scholarships, events, and gifting.
* They provide memorial services for K-9, mounted patrol ad dire dogs.
* They provide ballistic vests for the working K-9 as well.
In 2016:
* Served the families of one fallen and 5 critically injured first responders
* Memorial service for Williamson County K-9 officer Chico
* AED's to Bell County Constable, Precinct 3 in memory of Deputy Constable Jeffery Radford
* Assistance with securing a Trackchair for former Smithville officer Ray Shappa, who was critically injured in the line of duty.
* Special holiday gift cards were sent to our 25 surviving spouses and 53 surviving children.
2016 Revenues:
42% of revenues come from contributions and memberships
40% from special events and fundraisers
13% from Investments and grants
2016 Expenses:
86% Program Services
7% Management and general
7% Fundraising
For more information you can go to:


Date:  October 27, 2017  6 - 8 PM

Location:  Treat Oak Distillery - 16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Details:  Buy 1 glass, get 1 beer; you can buy the glass even if you can't attend the event.  "Glasses" available at the door.

Turn in the money for sold raffle tickets at the meeting and pick up more if you've sold out!  Also, posters promoting raffle can be picked up at Security State Bank, Prosperity Bank and Broadway Bank.  Help us distribute them all over town!

1st Prize - Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon 20 Gauge Shotgun and Trap Shoot for Four


2nd Prize - $500 Gold Family Membership at The Range at Austin





  In Kind Sponsor
Gold Sponsors - $500 gets 10 tickets into drawing, logo on website for 3 months, and top mention in all marketing material.



Blue Sponsor - $250 gets 5 tickets into drawing and is mentioned in all marketing material


In-Kind Sponsors:




Storied Firearms


Dr. Pete Edquist


Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25 or 10 for $100
Our goal is to sell 500 tickets.  Tickets are available now - see Karlon.

The drawing to be held at the October 27th Pints for Polio event at Treat Oak Ranch from 6-8 pm in conjunction with our Pints for Polio event.

 Shotgun will be transferred to winner by Storied Firearms

 Winner will also be hosted for an afternoon of Trap shooting at the home of Dr. Pete Edquist.  The winner can invite up to 3 other people to join in this event.  The date of the trap shoot will be worked out between Pete and the winner after the drawing determines the winner.


Meet Rotarian Pamela Bratton

Pam Bratton has been a Rotarian since 2004 when she joined the downtown club.  After becoming a ‘virtual’ employee of in 2016, she transferred to the Dripping Springs.  
Pam is Vice President of Meador Staffing Services, a full-service staffing firm located in Pasadena, Texas.  She has been with the firm since 1996 and in the industry since 1974.  Pam specializes in Contracts, Compliance and Advocacy.
She serves on the state-wide boards of The Texas Association of Business, The Texas Association of Staffing, The Texas Society for Human Resource Management and is Treasurer of First Baptist Church Dripping Springs.  She is married to Ralph Bratton, a scout for the Houston Astros (who will retire in 2018). 


Why are you a Rotarian?

I am a Rotarian because I believe in giving back my time, talents and resources to make my community and this world a better place.

What is your favorite service project?

I love all of our projects, I am extremely partial to any project involving children because they are the most vulnerable and it is our responsibility to take care of all the children of the world.


A little more about Pam from the roving reporter:

Pam was named Rotarian of the year by the Dripping Springs Club last year and her award was created by our own Phil Hoggatt of Carved Stone.  


October 23  - Charlotte Biggs is Board President for PAWS Shelter of Central Texas, Chief Operating Officer for the International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA; and Co-founder of the Professional Animal Care Certification Council (PACCC, as well as an advisory Board Member for

Before entering the pet care service industry, Charlotte enjoyed a successful 20-year history in sales and marketing management in the pharmaceutical industry.

Charlotte brings real-world expertise to PAWS Shelter and IBPSA, as the original Owner and Operator of Stay N Play Pet Ranch in Dripping Springs, TX, which she and her partner founded in 1998 and grew to one of the most successful, full service, all natural and holistic pet care facilities in the country before successfully selling it in 2013.

Her real-world experience in owning and operating a small business led Charlotte to become a Merchant Marketer for Lyoness America, Inc. Lyoness provides a Customer Loyalty Program specific to the needs of Small to Medium sized businesses.

October 30 - Barry Crutchfield with Pixmarx will discuss "How to get more brand impressions for your business:.

"On October 27, 2013 I posted the world's first photo with a geo-sticker using my app Pixmarx the Spot to Facebook. Since then my company has been issued 16 allowances for a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Geofilters let you share your geographical location on social media without explicitly saying where you are by placing a location's logo, brand or insignia right on the photo! Pixmarx the Spot for iOS and Android is our app that allows users to access 100's of geofilters in the Austin, Texas area. "


November 27 - Judge David Glickler - Hays County Veterans Court

Attorney Patrick Reznik from Braun & Gresham

Mr. Reznik gave a very informative talk regarding transmission lines, pipelines, routing roads, and condemnation easements. His business is protecting the land owner when these projects are slated to go across their property and he apparently represents landowners all over Texas.

Transmission lines are power lines, pipelines can be oil, gas, water distribution. Transmission lines are regulated by the Railroad Commission. Pipeline Companies are for profit. They do all their planning in secret, then surprise the homeowner with their plans when they plan to execute. If there are already transmission lines/pipelines on a property, more lines/pipelines can be run parallel to the existing ones on a parcel. Property owners need to pay careful attention to the title exception report when purchasing property. The easements, if on the title report, can be accessed at a later date and the land owner has little say in the matter. There is something called a “Blanket Easement” that allows pipelines anywhere on a property. If purchasing a parcel of land/ranch that has this easement on it, proceed with caution, because pipelines can be put anywhere on the property at any time.  Patrick from Braun & Gresham said that once the Railroad Commission has set their sights on your property, he can act as an intervener. All is done in the Public. All affected land owners can get together to re-route transmission lines. Transmission lines do bring down the value of a property. Reimbursement to the land owner is for only the part of the property that the power line is sitting on, then the rest of the parcel is called the remainder.  Damage to the remainder is often the issue. The Utility may appraise the remainder at a higher value than a land owner. Another type of damage that may arise, are damages to the Community or damage that affect all.
If the Governing Body wants to take over all of your property, then it is called Eminent Domain. The steps are as follows: 1. Call-you will be advised of the initiation to condemn your property.  2. Bona Fide Offer- It is the Condemners official offer and it has a 30 day deadline 3. The law requires a written appraisal and a 14 day final offer. Time is of the essence and the sooner you get an Attorney involved the better. If you say no to condemnation, then a lawsuit is filed. The Judge appoints 3 land owners that live in your County to act as Commissioners. Their job is to listen to all involved and award compensation. After the award, then construction begins.  As a land owner, you may file an appeal, then it is heard in regular court.
Regarding easements, it is caveat emptor, buyer beware. Realtors are nor bound to tell potential buyers of the easements on property. There is a landowner alert system that Braun & Gresham distributes twice per month via email on interesting land topics. It may be a good time for all of us to sign up for it. 
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